So, do some of you happen to know, did Gustave Flaubert really say Pulchritudo vitae in vico, ea videtur solummodo a poetis, ea non videtur a hominibus in vicis. or anything like that? If so, where?

If he did not say that, do you know where that quote actually originates?

  • For those of us who don't speak Latin, could you include at least an English (maybe even a French) translation of this phrase?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 17:30
  • @Zenix, "Ea non videtur a hominibus in vicis." probably means "People in villages don't see it.", don't you think? Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 17:49
  • Is it the correct translation "The beauty of the life in the village, it would seem to be fulfilled only by the poets, It does not seem to come from the men in the villages"?
    – Zenix
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 18:41
  • @Zenix, I don't know, I guess it is. Is that actually proper Latin? Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 20:11
  • Where did you find this quote? And why is Flaubert supposedly writing in Latin, not French?
    – Peter Shor
    Commented Jan 11, 2020 at 22:06


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